Compassion, integrity, inspiration, excellence, trustworthiness, accountability, and diversity
Susan Rather | Owner I hold a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and a master’s degree in human relations from Oklahoma University. I have 25 years experience working in medical facilities and laboratories in Alabama, California, Colorado, Germany, and Wisconsin. Before opening the BrightStar business with my husband, Jeff, I was the Laboratory Manager at the Veteran’s Hospital in Madison. While this is a second career for me, helping out families in need and providing quality jobs for our great staff is the most meaningful and rewarding work I’ve ever done.
Jeff Tews | Owner I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota, and spent 30+ years in corporate positions at US West, Qwest and US Bank. A re-organization of US Bank started my search for an opportunity to run a small business. When Susan and I heard about BrightStar, we decided it was a perfect opportunity to help families, create jobs, and establish a business in this growing industry.
Linda Bruck | Director of Nursing I have been a registered nurse for over 40 years, providing care in long term facilities, medical clinics, hospitals, and family practice clinics. I am passionate about helping folks stay in their home by finding the best solutions for their needs. This includes their social and cultural needs, as well as their medical/physical requirements; I feel strongly about the overall big picture of our clients’ lives. I enjoy working with the rest of the BrightStar team to find the best solutions for our clients.
Wendy Sulzer | Branch Manager I came to BrightStar Care with over 8 years experience in senior services marketing and management. I have always found working with older adults rewarding, but helping them reach their goal of returning to or staying at home is the best part of working at BrightStar. My goal in meeting potential clients is to learn as much as I can about them and share that information with our nurses and care managers who will provide the ongoing support for that client and his or her family.
Margo Collins | RN Case Manager I have been involved in the healthcare field for 30 years. I was a CNA for six years prior to becoming an RN. This experience was my inspiration to become a registered nurse. My nursing background also includes orthopedic, cardiac and nursing home experience. Most recently, I spent ten years at an ambulatory surgery center. My passion is creating personal plans of care and helping our direct care staff connect with clients.
Beth Hennes | RN Case Manager Although I've only been working at BrightStar Care in the Case Manager role for about a year, I had been taking individual, skilled cases from BrightStar for several years prior as they would fit around other nursing positions I've held. I love being a case manager at BrightStar because of the variety of people I get to meet and help. In my spare time, I'm very passionate about fitness and wellness, coaching youth teams and teaching classes as my schedule allows.
Lori Tebrinke | RN Case Manager Before coming to Bright Star, I was a night RN at UW Hospital and Clinics on a general internal medicine unit that specialized in Geriatrics and Special Pathogens. I am excited to bring my evidence-based, best practice nursing skills, experiences and training into the private setting. My Bachelor’s degree in Nursing is from UW Madison; additionally I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Iowa State University in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology. Working here at Bright Star as an RN Case Manager, I feel I have truly come full circle by being able to provide this level of care to my clients in their own home!
Julie Schultz | Social Worker I earned my bachelor’s degree in social work from UW-Oshkosh. Initially, I worked with developmentally disabled adults in group homes. Following this, I worked in nursing/rehab facilities. I have extensive experience working in geriatrics in a medical setting. I am extremely proud to be a part of the Bright Star Care team because of the quality of care that we offer.
Jennifer Harrington | Hiring Manager I joined BrightStar Care as a Customer Care Manager after years of experience in management. I now use all of that experience to find and hire the very best caregivers to join our ever-growing team. My passion is helping new employees get off to a great start as well as keeping in touch with long-term caregivers who continue to deliver excellent care to our clients.
Denise Wheeler | Customer Care Manager I joined the BrightStar Care team in 2015 after almost 20 years of child care center management experience, and before that, experience as a CNA. I love helping our certified nursing assistants be successful and helping clients receive the best care possible.
Shunta Lewis | Customer Care Manager I came to BrightStar Care as a medical assistant and my background in both call centers and clinics helps me manage the flow of phone calls and schedule changes here in the office very well. I especially love meeting our new direct care staff and giving them the tools to be successful from day one at BrightStar.
Hattie Truss | Customer Care Manager While I loved my previous position as a pharmacy technician, I was looking for more human interaction when I came to BrightStar Care- and I definitely found it here. I especially enjoy communicating with clients and their family members keeping everyone in the loop on day-to-day schedules.
Fran Uselman-Harris | Customer Care Manager I began my career as a CNA for BrightStar Madison in 2007. I have continued to work with clients even as I took on more office responsibilities as a customer care assistant. Now as a full-time Customer Care Manager, I'm excited to use my experience working with clients to help our caregivers be more successful.
Ellie Kachel | Operations Manager I joined the BrightStar team ten years ago as a Certified Nursing Assistant providing care to our clients while earning my degree from UW – Madison. I have also served as a Customer Care Manager, and Office Administrator before moving into my current role. Over the years I have become the resident expert in BrightStar’s scheduling software, so much so that BrightStar headquarters has called upon me to test some of the new releases. I live in Madison with my husband and son, but I also support operations in our Janesville, Baraboo, LaCrosse and Racine offices including billing, payroll and all aspects of our scheduling software.
Yasriya Hassan | Office Administrator My name is Yasriya (pronounced Yahz-ree-yuh), and I joined the team in July 2015. I have 8 years of experience in working with adults with developmental disability. I am the first person you see when you come to our Madison office, but I also support the customers from our Janesville, Baraboo, LaCrosse and Racine offices as they navigate the maze that is long term care insurance. I can help you initiate your claim as well as submit invoices and other necessary documentation on a continuous basis.
Emily Teshima | Personnel Specialist I joined BrightStar as an intern in May of 2016 while still working on my B.A. in Economics at UW Madison. After graduation, I accepted the position as Personnel Specialist. My role at BrightStar includes weekly payroll, personnel records and employee benefits for our offices in Madison, Janesville, Baraboo, LaCrosse and Racine. I am originally from Manitowoc, but have enjoyed living in Madison for the past 3 years.
Questions about our care team?
Please contact BrightStar Care in Madison or call at (608) 441-8620 and we'll be happy to answer them.